The mission of the Tonawanda Main Street Program is to act as the unifying agent that will facilitate the on-going, incremental economic and social development of the City of Tonawanda’s main street area within the context of historic preservation.

About the Mission

Through concentrated efforts in economic revitalization spurred by preservation projects, education, targeted marketing and governance the Tonawanda Main Street Program will advocate community self-reliance and local empowerment. This revitalization program will draw from Tonawanda’s unique people, as well as natural and built assets to encourage a sustainable, walkable, regional mixed-use corridor.

Vision Statement

Tonawanda Main Street Program envisions an attractive, abundant, historic downtown area that will serve as the heart of the City and encourage pride, engagement and growth within the community at large.

About the Vision

The existing unique and eclectic businesses provide the foundation for a vibrant downtown which will encourage a community of vision and entrepreneurship, making it attractive to area residents, tourists of all ages and investors. The convergence of the historic Erie Canal, the Niagara River and Ellicott Creek, in addition to current and future walking trails, existing parks and the Gateway Harbor provide entertainment and events venues in a friendly and safe environment. This in turn reveals new opportunities that will foster a distinctive, walkable, downtown for the region. Showcasing our unique assets through historic revitalization of buildings, attractive storefronts, and a collaborative spirit, not only within our downtown district and but with our Sister City North Tonawanda, will offer the opportunity for broad community engagement; setting the stage for a livable and sustainable downtown.

Our vision will be achieved through a strong, working Steering Committee, a broad base of volunteers, community support, and educational opportunities for business and community members’ alike. Cultivation of reliable funding sources and partnerships with private and governmental entities will be an integral piece for the sustainability of the Tonawanda Main Street Program.